My Gundam Models and Anime

Saturday, September 22, 2007

MG 102 - Unicorn Gundam

Bandai is on a role, with MG 101 Destiny Gundam coming out this October and now announcing MG 102 the Unicorn Gundam. Gundam Unicorn is a novel based on the Univeral Century, and so far I have not read it and the only medium that it is available in is in print. However the mobile suit designs for this series are some of the best. Im excited about this MG, specially since it will convert from regular mode to Destroy mode. It seems that they will incorporate a red inner frame. BTW, which do you prefer? Regular or Destroy Mode? I go with regular mode, the design is completely different and Destroy Mode looks like a regular Gundam but its cool nonetheless. There is a little promo video at the bottom in case you want to see a short clip of the Unicorn Gundam in action. Look out for MG 102 - Unicorn Gundam this December. My next MG wish is MSN-06S Sinanju.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

MG Strike Freedom - In Progress Update

I haven't had that much time to work on the Strike Freedom. This weekend I got around to panel lining and setting decals on what I had painted already and putting the final coat of flat clear. I ended up with the 2 shoulder armors, both beam shields, lower torso and the feet. I also painted and finished the internal gold part or the rail cannons. Now I can put together the rail cannon by removing the seams and painting them.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Limited Edition Fix Figuration RX-78-3 Metal Composite

Let me start off by saying that I love these big scale Fix Figuration Metal Composites. They are the only Fix Figurations that I am collecting now, and next up is the Psycho Gundam. With that said, if you already own the 1/100 Fix Figuration RX-78-2 then just put some sunglasses on you will own this version. It is an exact copy of the other one minus the color, it even has the same exact manual. From my understanding the RX-78-3 had a little blue in its color scheme. If the RX-78 had been in Gundam SEED, this would be the phase shift off version.

The decals, weapons and everything is the same with the exception of the G-3 decal on the front. If you are collecting Metal Composite Fix Figurations then you might want this since it's a "limited edition" and I use that term losely. I'm not going to bother with a pictorial for this version since it's the same one as before. Check my coverage on the regular FF RX-78-2 Metal Composite here for pics and review.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Vehicle Acquisition :-)

I got my first car back when I graduated out of High School. I was about to turn 18 at the time and I was excited. My parents got me a 1992 Nissan Maxima SE with 103,000 miles on it for $2000. It wasn't much but I was just happy to have a car. Fast forward to today and my 1992 is still running but its in pretty bad shape. The engine still runs but I have plenty of mechanical failures specially on the wheels. Wheel bearings go bad and so do the control arms and I was just fed up with putting more money into it.

So the choice was made that I needed a new car, well not a new car, more of like used not to old and in good shape. I don't believe in new cars because they depreciate the minute you drive off the lot. My birthday was last week so I considered this my B-Day present. I ended up going for a 2004 Chevrolet Impala with 72,000 miles. I have always been a fan of Japanese cars, Nissans specifically. So this being a an American car I was kind of doubtful, what is it that drew me into this vehicle?

Well first of all it was the price, I paid $6000 for it. I don't think its that bad considering its an 04 with not that many miles in it. Second the car is big and spacious and thats how I like it. There is nothing more irritating that hearing people right behind you complain because your seat it too far back. And third was the in-dash 7" Touch Screen LCD w/ DVD player. Took me a while to get the DVD portion to work because it comes with a safety feature that does not let you view movies while the vehicle is in motion. Fortunately the previous owner was smart and installed an override switch that lets you watch movies while on the go. So now I can watch my Gundam Seed Destiny DVDs on the go when I am on a trip. It also has iPod hook up so that I can plug an iPod and throw it in the glovebox and control it through the stereo.

The Impala handles great and its a really smooth ride. Plus its not that slow either packing a V6 under the hood (wished I got the V8 version. Overall I am super happy and this couldn't have been a better value. Now I just need to figure out how to hook up a Playstation 2.... Think Rengou vs. ZAFT II on the go.....

Roomy Interior

Center Console

7" Touch Screen LCD cant watch anything while driving....

...unless you flip this little override switch, then you can watch whatever you want on the road ;-)


Monday, September 03, 2007

1/8 Metamo Haruhi Suzumiya Bunny Ver

I have always wanted a Haruhi Suzumiya Bunny ver but the ones that I like are too expensive. Freeing's Haruhi is amazing but unfortunately this one is completely sold out. At Otakon 2007 I saw this Haruhi which is the Metamo version and as a matter of fact it was the only one I saw at the convention. There is also a Metamo version of Asuka Langley and both Asuka and Haruhi are by Bandai.

For those who don't know what Metamo figures are, they are figures that change color as the temperature in your room changes. Haruhi is all dressed up in her black bunny outfit and black stockings as long as the room temperature is below 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit). If the temperature gets lower that that the outfit starts changing to white and the stockings disappear.

Funny enough I know my room is under 30 degrees and she still stays white. The quickest way that I found to get her outfit completely black was to get a bucket full of ice water and dipping her in it. It worked out well and that how I got that leg stocking look. The only thing that disappoints about the 1/8 Haruhi Metamo is that because of the pose it is definitely a leaner. Its so much of a leaner that Bandai knows it and they even included a support bracket that attaches to the base. It looks ugly but it will prevent your Haruhi from kissing the floor.

Great figure overall and if you can find one now I suggest you pick it up, as seeing it change colors and looking like a completely different figure right before your eyes is pretty cool.